Won’t recognize Taliban government if it seizes power by force, UNSC envoys say: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
New Delhi, August 6
The entire democratic bloc in the UN Security Council on Thursday spoke with one voice against the recognition of a Taliban government which comes to power by force even as the depredations of the militant group continued in Afghanistan.
During the first UNSC discussion, held under the Indian presidency, the Afghan envoy said the Taliban continued to benefit from safe havens in Pakistan. Emissaries from UK, US, France, Ireland, Norway and Estonia called on Taliban for meaningful engagement and spoke out against government aid that does not respect human rights.
France called on the Taliban to end the violence and said they must be held accountable for their crimes and that there can be no impunity surrounding international human rights violations. The feeling in the ongoing discussion was that a negotiated settlement should ensure inclusive governance and human rights protections, especially for women.
Official shooting of the Afghan media
The Taliban on Friday shot dead the director of the Afghan government’s media center, Dawa Khan Menapal, in Kabul.
Nishan Sahib deleted
India condemned the forcible displacement of Nishan Sahib from the rooftop of Gurdwara Thala Sahib in Paktia, Afghanistan.
Dismantle Taliban shelters: India
India stressed on Friday that a lasting peace in Afghanistan requires the immediate dismantling of terrorist shelters in the region and a complete disruption of supply chains.